Lucky Strike from Shashwati Talukdar on Vimeo.

Ready! Aim! Light Up!

Lucky Strike commercials from the fifties and atomic bomb tests meet their match.

I love archival films. And Rick Prelinger is a hero for making his collection freely available to the public. I’ve started playing around with some of my favorite archival films, and I just couldn’t resist these Lucky Strike commercials and atomic bombs.

Here is a short piece about found footage films from Project Quinn at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC.


  • Transitio_MX Festival of Electronic and Video Arts, Mexico City, Mexico. 2011
  • 24th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France. 2011
  • Festival of (In)appropriation, Los Angeles Film Forum, USA 2011
  • Museum of Pocket Art, Portland, USA (Traveled) 2011
  • apexart,  New York City, 2010.

The LA Film Forum and the Festival of (In)appropriation has included the piece in a DVD collection of found footage films which are available for purchase.